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5 TIPS PARA PADRES PRIMERIZOS

La gran noticia del día gira en torno a la realeza y es que el Príncipe Harry y la ex actriz estadounidense Meghan Markle, esperan a su primer hijo para la primavera, según lo anunció en un comunicado el Palacio de Kensington este lunes por la mañana.

Harry de 34 años y Meghan de 37, contrajeron matrimonio el 19 de Mayo pasado en la capilla de San Jorge del Castillo de Windsor y desde entonces acaparan la atención de los medios de comunicación de todo el mundo.

Hoy, dan la sorpresa a sus seguidores de que serán padres, lo cual ante los ojos del mundo se convierte en un reto más para la pareja. Y surge la pregunta inevitable: ¿están preparados para la responsabilidad de cuidar de un bebé?

¿Cuál es la manera adecuada de criar a tu bebé?

Tanto la pareja real, como todas las parejas después de contraer matrimonio, esperan con ansias la noticia de estar embarazados. Sin embargo, ser padres requiere cambios en la vida, ya que es una responsabilidad enorme, en la que hay que combinar amor, con cuidados, ejemplo y educación.

No hay duda de que cada niño es una bendición del cielo, y cualquier padre normal se sacrificaría del todo solo para hacer felices a sus hijos. Pero todos estos sentimientos cálidos pueden comenzar a volverse un poco borrosos en el momento en que experimentas lo que es lidiar con un bebé.

Si bien, no existe una regla mágica para aprender a criar a tu hijo, sí puedes tomar en cuenta ciertos tips para apoyarte al momento de cuidar a tu hijo desde que es un bebé.

  1. Sigue tu instinto. En el momento en que te conviertes en padre o madre, tratar de impresionar a otras personas debe estar en el fondo de tus prioridades. Para mantener a tus hijos disciplinados, primero debes aceptar el hecho de que estarás bajo la mirada de tus familiares y/o amigos cercanos, quienes querrán decirte siempre qué y cómo hacer las cosas. El instinto maternal y paternal siempre se activa desde el momento en que te estrenas como padre o madre. Por lo tanto, permítete sentir las actitudes de tu bebé ante los diferentes estímulos que le ofreces para ir conociendo sus reacciones.
  2. Pide ayuda y escucha consejos. Si bien es cierto que tu instinto es tu mejor indicador para conocer a tu bebé y saber lo que necesita, con frecuencia, los parientes y amigos también quieren ayudar. Aun cuando no estés de acuerdo en algunas cosas, no desprecies su experiencia, pues son un excelente recurso para aprender a alzar, hacer eructar, cambiar, calmar el llano y cuidar al bebé.
  3. Crea lazos afectivos con tu bebé. Establecer una profunda conexión con tu bebé probablemente sea una de las partes más placenteras al cuidarlo y se da en el momento de mayor sensibilidad durante los primeros días posteriores al parto. La cercanía física puede fomentar estos lazos emocionales ya que el apego favorece a su crecimiento emocional y afecta su desarrollo en otras áreas, como el crecimiento físico. Comienza a crear lazos afectivos acunando a tu bebé y acariciándolo suavemente. Tanto tú como tu pareja pueden aprovechar la posibilidad de hacer contacto “piel a piel” mientras acunan o alimentan al bebé.
  4. Caricias y masajes. Los bebés, disfrutan de los masajes con aceite o crema y responden a ellos positivamente pues ayuda a relajarlos para conseguir un buen sueño. Algunos tipos de masajes pueden mejorar la creación de lazos afectivos y ayudar al crecimiento y el desarrollo del bebé. Existen muchos libros y videos sobre masajes para bebés, sin embargo, es necesario tener cuidado porque los bebés no son tan fuertes como los adultos; por lo tanto, es importante masajearlos con suavidad.
  5. Háblale, cántale, estimula sus acciones con tu voz. Los bebés suelen adorar los sonidos de la voz, cuando les hablan, les cantan, les balbucean o los arrullan. Probablemente, a tu bebé también le agrade escuchar música. Los sonajeros y los móviles musicales son otras buenas fuentes para estimular a tu bebé. Si tu pequeño está molesto, intenta cantarle o leerle en voz alta mientras lo acunas suavemente en una silla.

Cuanto más tiempo pases con tu bebé, más aprenderás a conocerlo. Observarlo constantemente y adaptarte a sus necesidades únicas a medida que crece te permitirá saber que decisión tomar según su estado de ánimo. Cuanto más busques entender su comportamiento, más rápido descubrirás cómo hacerlo feliz y mantenerlo satisfecho.

La paternidad es un gran reto. Aunque es probable que tratar con un recién nacido te provoque ansiedad, en unas semanas desarrollarás una rutina y serás todo un experto. Si tienes alguna pregunta busca apoyo. Hoy día existen diferentes programas para guiar a padres primerizos en el cuidado de sus hijos.

Si te has identificado con este artículo, seguramente te encantarán los diversos talleres y eventos informativos que ponemos a tu disposición en nuestro sitio web y en las redes sociales. En Rise Programs contamos con variedad de temas, ya sea que te interese el desarrollo personal o profesional para mejorar tus relaciones tanto de familia como en el trabajo, puedes comunicarte con nosotros para apoyarte en el camino que deseas crecer. Llámanos al (888) 823-7757, o búscanos en nuestro sitio web www.riseprograms.com, para ponerte en contacto con uno de nuestros expertos.

 

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¿COMO SUPERAR UNA CRISIS Y APRENDER DE ELLA?

Recientemente causó gran impacto el episodio protagonizado por Selena Gómez, reconocida por su trabajo en Disney y actualmente cantante y productora, de tan solo 26 años, quien después de presentar graves cuadros en su salud durante los últimos 2 años, como deficiencias renales a causa de un lupus por lo que necesito un trasplante, períodos de depresión, además de problemas personales a raíz de su ruptura con Justin Bieber. Selena tuvo un ataque de nervios en el hospital en el que estaba siendo tratada por una baja en sus glóbulos blancos, arrancándose las vías intravenosas cuando los médicos no le permitieron salir, lo cual desencadenó en una terrible crisis emocional.

Una crisis emocional es un estado temporal de desorganización y desequilibrio que te hace vulnerable y afecta directamente tus emociones causando un sinfín de sentimientos que pueden provocarte problemas de salud, afectar de manera directa tus relaciones personales, tu trabajo, tu autoestima e inclusive incapacitarte para tomar las decisiones adecuadas. Las emociones pueden traicionarnos a todos, a pesar de tener una vida llena de éxitos, como sucedió con Selena, y nadie está libre de atravesar por esta situación, por lo que prepararnos para ello puede ayudarnos a no tocar fondo.

Esta situación pone a prueba tus reacciones ante alguna pérdida, enfermedad, muerte de un ser querido, etc. que te causa tristeza, dolor, estrés, tensión o angustia, debido a que no la has podido manejar adecuadamente utilizando los métodos que normalmente utilizas y que te han dado resultados positivos en el pasado.

¿Qué puede provocar una crisis?

Las crisis pueden provocar un efecto dominó iniciando con un área, para luego afectar otras áreas de tu vida, en momentos en los que, de por sí, la desesperación te hace sentir impotente y sin salida. Muchas veces las crisis suelen ser inevitables, pero la buena noticia es que de nuestra actitud y reacción depende buscar y encontrar la solución.

Puedes creer, literalmente, que no hay luz al final del túnel y la verdad es que cambiar la visión de la situación no suele ser tan fácil, ya que implica reconocerla, identificar sus causas y aceptarla, para luego enfrentarla y superarla. Entender que es un proceso de varias etapas y que es algo temporal en tu vida, ayudará a que le des un significado distinto a la tormenta por la cual estas atravesando.

5 pasos para encontrar la solución

Para enfrentar la crisis y superarla, en primer lugar, reconoce los síntomas y la manera en que reaccionas. Esto te ayudará a conocerte mejor y saber que acciones tomar. Para ello puedes seguir los siguientes pasos:

  1. No te lamentes y acepta. En lugar de lamentarte por lo que ya pasó, enfócate en lo que sí puedes cambiar. Aceptar las crisis de manera constructiva, es decir, viendo el lado bueno y lo que puedes aprender en lugar de lo que te afecta y te estanca, es el gran reto.
  2. Aprende a tolerar y ser flexible. Las situaciones críticas se dan generalmente por cambios importantes e inesperados. Con frecuencia estos no dependen de ti y lo importante es entender que las cosas ahora son diferentes y no están bajo tu control. Es posible aprender a tolerar el estrés que una situación nueva genera y evitar que desencadene en una crisis cuando eres flexible y mantienes tu mente abierta a las diferentes opciones que tienes para continuar.
  3. No trates de ser perfecto “nadie lo es”. Esperar perfección de los demás aumenta el nivel de tu estrés, cuida tu entorno, tus pensamientos y rodéate de personas positivas que compartan tus gustos y maneras de pensar.
  4. Atiende lo más importante: Tú. Ante un hecho que desate tu estrés, toma tiempo para relajarte. Respira conscientemente cada vez que puedas, respirar profundamente unas cuantas veces oxigena tu cerebro y te hace sentir mejor. Cuida tus pensamientos sustituyendo los negativos por positivos en el momento en que aparecen, practica afirmaciones positivas durante el día para llenarte de energía y reforzar tu fe. Y, por último, sonríe, está comprobado científicamente que sonreír previene la depresión, ya que libera endorfinas y serotonina, lo que hace que el nivel de nerviosismo disminuya.
  5. Una crisis emocional nunca hay que vivirla en soledad, no te aísles. Busca apoyo, no tiene nada de malo que lo hagas, la clave es la compañía, los amigos, la familia, la comunidad, e involucrarte en diferentes actividades que capten tu atención y mantengan tu mente ocupada de manera positiva.

Con frecuencia, no vemos las soluciones porque estamos demasiado inmersos en los problemas, pero si cuentas con el apoyo de alguien que te asesore de manera que veas las cosas con objetividad, podrás aclarar tus pensamientos y tomar las decisiones necesarias para avanzar. Busca profesionales especializados en apoyarte a encontrar soluciones, existen muchos centros de ayuda, grupos, o academias como Rise Programs, en donde recibirás la asesoría que necesita para salir adelante cuando atraviesas una crisis de cualquier índole. Puedes buscar información en nuestra página riseprograms.com, o llamarnos al (888) 823-7757 y te pondremos en contacto con uno de nuestros expertos.

Aprende a pensar que los retos son oportunidades y las situaciones difíciles no son desastres, sino problemas momentáneos de los cuales puedes aprender y crecer como persona.

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3 PARENTING TIPS TO HELP KIDS BECOME STRONG READERS

Childhood is the single most important stage of human development. This is because childhood serves as the foundation of every person’s emotional and intellectual growth. No matter who you are, or what you’ve accomplished in life, the majority of your strengths and weaknesses as an adult are directly related to the social conditioning you received when you were young. The way a person is nurtured during childhood not only establishes the very first components of their identity, it also continually informs how they interpret and adapt to the ever-changing world around them.

Parenting is a Full-Time Gig:
This is why every parent has a responsibility not to neglect young children. Being a parent to young kids involves much more than feeding, clothing and providing shelter. Good parenting also entails being deliberate about teaching children how to understand and function in the world they inhabit – no matter how young they are. One of the most effective ways to sharpen a child’s cognitive abilities is by encouraging them to read. Reading is scientifically proven to enhance children’s health by teaching them literacy and empowering them with knowledge that inhibits negative traits such as aggression or hyperactivity. Here are three habits parents should practice in order to help their kids read:

1. Make the Time:
Life can get fast-paced and it’s easy to pass the buck and let a nanny or babysitter do all the heavy lifting. But if you expect a child to take up the values and habits that you hold dear, it’s best if you take charge and do some nurturing personally.! Make the sacrifice and set apart some time to read to your kids from the time they become toddlers.

2. Pick Age-Appropriate Books:
If your child is barley learning their ABCs, don’t pick material which is too complex for them to retain. Remember that the whole point of teaching kids to read is improvement of their comprehension. Don’t challenge them to read advanced books unnecessarily because taking things too fast can frustrate them.

3. Make it Fun: 
No matter how awkward or unnecessary it feels, you have to break out the drama if you expect your kids to enjoy reading. Use funny voices, sing some songs, include some gestures and make things interactive overall. The more entertaining you make reading, the more your child will embrace the process and activate their imagination.

Reading out loud to your children is a ve! ry positive way to practice parenting. Not only does it stimulate them intellectually, it also allows you to bond with them in a casual way. It creates the opportunity for you to participate directly in the construction of their personality. That’s too valuable a privilege to ignore. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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5 UNCONSCIOUS HABITS THAT WILL KILL YOUR DREAMS UNLESS YOU CHANGE

Pause for a second and take a moment to think about what you were like when you were younger. Chances are that life was intriguing and full of possibilities. The universe felt like an endless frontier and you had all the enthusiasm in the world to explore and conquer. You probably imagined yourself as a superhero or a Rockstar. In your heart of hearts, you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you were destined to become a legend. So much so that if some random adult ever asked you that infamous question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” you had a clear, ambitious response – regardless of whether or not your answer was realistic.

Let your Light Shine:

The reason why this spark existed in your soul when you were younger is simple. You dared to dream. You had the boldness to expect good things from the future regardless of any challenge. This motivation is invaluable. All dreams evolve over time, but if nurtured in a healthy way, they can navigate us towards exciting accomplishments in life. Considering the profound joy you have to gain from realizing your dreams, one of the worst things that can happen to a person is letting go of them. And sadly, countless people do exactly that. No matter how much your dreams may change over time though, it’s never too late to rediscover, and reignite them. Here are five detrimental habits to avoid if you want your dreams to stay alive:

1.      Forgetting Work/Life Balance:

Your dreams will only be attainable if you are healthy enough to pursue them. Don’t allow yourself to burnout by focusing too much on work. In the same vein, don’t allow yourself to neglect the hustle that’s necessary in order to pursue your dreams in the first place. Work hard enough to chase them, and rest well enough to enjoy them.

2.      Hanging on to Baggage:

Pain from the past can paralyze people. It can deceive people into obsessing about failures and betrayals at the expenses of progress. If hard times have ever interfered with your path in life, don’t forget to move on when the time comes. If you fall down seven times, make sure to get back up eight times as well.

3.      Overthinking:

Doing things by the book feels safe, but it can also blind you to the fact that life is unpredictable. Always be flexible and open to the fact that life is dynamic. Sometimes you have to think outside the box. You have to trust the process. You have to be open to the possibility that luck happens. Be strategic, but have some faith too.

4.      Pessimism:

Words hold tremendous power. They can either rouse people into action or crush souls into defeat. In order to visualize and motivate yourself to stay the course, never cut yourself down through negative speech. Eliminate any and all language from your vocabulary that discourages you or those around you from contributing positively to your goals. After all, you possess that which you confess.

5.      Settling for Less:

Ambition is the fuel necessary for achievement. For as long as you have breath in your lungs, aspire for more and more and more. If your target is a mountaintop, aim for the sky. If your target is the sky, aim for the stars. Limiting yourself only sabotages the infinite nature of your potential.

Dreams are an indispensable element of the human experience. They are a unique ingredient of self-expression because they represent a manifestation of our deepest, most sincere desires. Even though every human being has an innate ability to dream, many people tragically stop. This is a mistake however. In the words of Oprah Winfrey, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Stop making excuses, and dream on. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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5 PARENTING SECRETS TO HELP COPE WITH KIDS WHO ACT OUT IN PUBLIC

There’s a gripping, cringeworthy fear that every parent dreads when it comes to raising kids – grocery shopping with them. There’s no question that every child is a blessing from the heavens, and any normal parent would sacrifice everything just to make their kids happy. But all these warm and fuzzy feelings can start to get a little blurry the moment you experience what it’s like to deal with a child’s tantrum in public. Most children are usually excitable as it is, but there’s something about shopping that makes them even more prone to acting out whenever they’re at the store. Leaving the familiarity of their own home gives them a window to learn and explore… loudly.

There’s Hope:

The bad news is that there’s no escaping it. No matter who you are, or where you’re from, if you have to raise children you’ll also have to go through the frustration of keeping them well-behaved in a public setting. However, the good news is that tantrums can be tamed and contained if you’re willing to prepare and prevent. With the help of a few shrewd parenting techniques, it’s possible to reign in a child’s erratic behavior whether they’re pleading for a piece of candy, or running amok in the toy aisle. Here are five tips to keep kids well behaved in public.

1.      Forget what Other People Think: The moment you become a parent, trying to impress other people should be at the bottom of your priorities. In order to keep your children disciplined, you must first accept the fact that you will have to do some candid parenting under the judgmental gaze of other people. Ignore them, and be a good parent

2.      Keep Your Cool: When a child acts out in public, feeling embarrassed can compel you to overreact to the situation. Try as much as possible to remain calm and composed. Responding angrily to a tantrum can end up escalating it into a verbal argument.

3.      Be Firm: The most important thing to prevent future tantrums is teaching children that bad behavior will never be rewarded. If your child is acting out in order to manipulate you into giving them something, stand your ground. Don’t allow them to have the satisfaction of winning their prize through rebellious means.

4.      Anticipate: Even though you probably have a list of goals to accomplish, remember that you also have a responsibility to be aware of your kids. Pay attention to their moods and preempt any potential tantrums with engagement and distractions. For example, carry toys and snacks with you to keep them busy at strategic moments.

5.      Remember that They’re Just Kids: Any time you go on a journey with children, keep in mind that they get fatigued much more quickly than adults do. Moreover, when they get tired or bored, they’re likely to protest. Don’t plan to do ambitious tasks if you know your kids won’t be as patient or enthusiastic as you are. Keep your trips with them short and sweet.

Parenting is a big challenge. Take hope however because practice makes perfect. The more time you spend with your kids, the more you learn how to prevent undesirable scenarios with them. Be observant, be proactive and adapt to their unique needs as time goes by. The more you seek to understand the root cause of their behavior, the faster you’ll figure out how make and keep them happy. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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5 COMMON-SENSE STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY

If you pay attention to the news, chances are you’ve heard a lot of debate about social media and privacy. Every now and then, a horror story pops up about someone getting fired because of inappropriate activity on social media. Politicians are constantly arguing about malicious entities who take advantage of endless information available on social media. Social media companies themselves have been compelled to review their business practices in order to protect every day users from destructive manipulation by hackers and bots. There’s a tornado of commotion going on about social media, and it would be unwise to ignore it.

Things Aren’t the Same Anymore:

There was once a time when being on social media was a casual experience. It was a simple way to pass time and keep in touch with people in a convenient way. However, considering how popular social media has become since its inception, it’s safe to say that linking up with your friends online isn’t so casual anymore. The total number of people who regularly use social media has been on an exponential rise in the past few years. Not only have users increased, the reasons why people engage on social media continue to evolve as well. Social media has basically gone from being a leisurely platform, to being a space where people transact in formal and significant ways.

All of this means that you have to be careful about the way you participate in social media. If you don’t already, it’s time to start living under the assumption that everything you do on social media has consequences – because it does. Sharing too much without censoring yourself is no longer a luxury that social media users can enjoy. The more careless you are about your activity online, the more exposed you are to having your privacy breached in an undesirable way. Here are five things to do in order to protect yourself on social media:

1.      Be Apolitical: The majority of people who find themselves in hot water because of social media end up in trouble as a result of politics. The internet is not a diary. If you have something controversial to say, do it in private.

2.      Beef up Your Privacy Settings: Regardless of which platform you’re using, never allow yourself to post or browse using the default privacy settings. Take the time to explore your settings and make sure that your activity is as discreet as you want it to be.

3.      Avoid TMI: Even though social media is intended to help people connect and share, sharing too much can make you vulnerable. Keep your pages, descriptions and explanations vague. A stranger shouldn’t be able to figure out everything about you just by glancing at your profiles.

4.      Disable Tracking Features: Tagging your posts is a fun way to brag, but it also creates a real-time map of your whereabouts. Criminals or bad elements can easily take advantage of your absence if they have a way to guarantee where you are through tagging features.

5.      Delete Inactive Accounts: If you haven’t logged into a social media platform in a while, evaluate whether you have anything to lose from deleting it altogether. Allowing unmonitored pockets of information about yourself to exist on the internet can set you up for unexpected problems.

Social media isn’t all fun and games anymore. Lives have been ruined because of the misconception that maintaining an online presence has little to do with life offline. It’s quite the contrary. Life online is actually beginning to have profound effects on life offline. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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5 SENSIBLE WAYS TO FIGHT PROCRASTINATION

The guilt of procrastination is all too familiar to anyone who’s ever had a deadline. It feels like a brick is sinking deep into your gut. It makes your pulse thud with a heavy drumbeat as the seconds tick and tock. It scatters your focus and forces you to scurry through tasks that need time to complete. Procrastination is one of the worst feelings ever, and everyone suffers through it at one point or another in life.

It’s not Just Laziness:

Even though procrastination can arguably be described as an inevitable part of life, if it starts becoming routine to a person’s behavior, procrastination can create lasting negative effects. Procrastinating is a very emotional process. It has less to do with logistical planning, and more to do with the psychological attitude a person has about what they’re actually procrastinating. Chances are that if you feel a negative emotion about doing something, you’ll put it off until the last minute even though shirking your responsibilities poses risks. If you happen to be someone who struggles with constant procrastination, here are five tips on how to regain control of your attitude and take the proper initiative no matter what you have to accomplish:

1. Don’t be so hard on yourself: Sometimes people procrastinate because they’re afraid of making mistakes. Instead of punishing yourself before you’ve even tried, just bite the bullet and go for it. If you happen to make a mistake, remember that nobody’s perfect.

2. Allocate your Time: When faced with an ambitious task, break it down to small goals that you intend to accomplish in structured intervals of time. Diving in without a schedule can easily overwhelm you if you aren’t sure of yourself.

3. Get Difficult Tasks Out of the Way First: It’s always a good idea to tackle difficult aspects of a project while your energy levels are high and your faculties are fresh. Instead of putting off what intimidates you for later, do it while you still have the momentum to power through.

4. Don’t Pause to Admire your Work: Regardless of what you might be working on, stopping every now and then to stock of a project often causes distractions that divert your attention from the ultimate goal. Unless what you’re working on is meticulous, save the victory lap for after you’re finished.

5. Cut off All Distractions: The more you can concentrate on a task at hand, the more desirable of an outcome you will have when you are finished. Avoid working on projects in environments where people, noise or media can distract you.

Life doesn’t feel good if you spend most of your time doing things down to the wire. Even though it can feel difficult at times, the best way to make good use of your time is to live in your truth and build the courage to put first things first. Procrastination is a symptom of your inner emotional state. Rather than allowing yourself to succumb to that emotion, be bold and confront it. Chances are you’ll thank yourself when all is said and done every single time. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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5 SECRETS TO HELP YOU FIND TRUE LOVE

Falling in love is one of the most universally shared human desires. It doesn’t matter who someone is, or where they’re from, deep down inside there’s a good chance that within their lifetime, each person hopes to meet a romantic partner who they can commit to, and settle down with till the end. Love is a wonderful thing when people find it. However, the road to lasting committed relationships isn’t always free of hurdles. In fact, one of the most universally shared human frustrations is just how complicated it is to form enduring romantic bonds with significant others.

Take off the Rose-Colored Glasses:

A major reasons why finding love is so difficult is because of unrealistic expectations. Social upbringing conditions a substantial number of people to place the concept of love, and marriage in particular, on a lofty pedestal. We expect love to cure sadness, even though romantic relationships inherently shed light on personal insecurities. We expect to live happily ever after just because someone put a ring on it, even though marriages can only survive through constant work and compromise. Expecting to magically acquire happiness just because you’ve fallen in love is one of the easiest ways to become jaded.

So what’s the answer?

If you truly want to find someone to share the rest of your life with as a lover, or a spouse, it’s important to identify and abandon every selfish or unrealistic fantasy you have about how an ideal romance should be. Stop expecting love to be a miraculous cure for misery, and take responsibility for your own happiness. Stop entering relationships expecting utopia, when you know perfectly well that life and love have their ups and downs. If you’re one of the many people who knows how tricky it can be to figure out the mysteries of love, here are five critical mindsets to embrace in order to help build strong, committed, romantic, relationships:

1.       Let go of the Fairytales: Trying to live up to cultural stereotypes about love can leave you stuck in delusion and denial. Always live in your truth, and find a partner who is capable of living in theirs, and accepting yours.

2.       Embrace your Self-Worth: It’s impossible to receive or appreciate love from others until you truly love yourself. Falling in love if you have low self-esteem only pushes you into a state of emotional dependence.

3.       Keep an Open Mind: Variety is the spice of life, so don’t confine yourself to relationships with a specific “type” of partner. Being flexible about the personalities you connect with can end up enriching your love life in surprising ways.

4.       Make your Standards Known: If you know for a fact that you want to enter into a committed relationship with a partner, avoid dating people who aren’t interested in settling down. Like-mindedness about commitment is essential to the strength of a relationship.

5.       Expect to Work for What you Want: Don’t allow yourself to become obsessed with the honeymoon stage of love. When reality sets in, each partner in a relationship has a part to play in order to keep the spark alive.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with falling in love, but it’s important not to lose oneself in the process of looking for love. The relationships we enter into should complement our happiness rather than define whether or not we are happy. This all starts with cultivating the right attitude about what to expect out of romantic relationships. Always remember to be realistic, respect yourself, and make an effort to make things work once you find the right person to be with.

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4 SIMPLE WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR AT THE WORKPLACE

Most people don’t mind going to work… it’s the 8-hour wait to get home that drives us all crazy. This sounds like a joke, but there’s actually a serious truth behind the notion that work can feel like an endless loop of tension. Everyone needs to have some fun once in a while. After all, nobody’s wired to work 24/7 without some kind of relaxation. As with all other aspects of leadership, the morale of a team ultimately boils down to the tone that’s set by its leadership. There’s always a cloud of seriousness that hangs over management. Those in charge have to keep everyone else in-line. They have to prevent mistakes while keeping everybody focused. They have to make tough decisions that often invite the wrath of others. Because of these responsibilities it’s perfectly understandable for discipline to take priority in leadership. However laboring nonstop in a serious environmen! t isn’t just exhausting, it’s stressful. Strong leadership is about striking a balance. It’s about being able to command respect, while also fostering levity through relatability and humor. Here are four key steps to inject some humor into your leadership style:

1.       Start with a Smile:

Before you ever crack a joke, or attempt to connect with people on a personal level at all, smile with them. Smile as you greet them, smile as you interact with them, and smile out of sincerity not obligation. Smiling seems trivial, but it is unbelievably powerful. A simple smile conveys approachability in ways that hundreds of words can never accomplish.

2.       Be Mindful of Timing:

The only thing worse than a bad joke is a good joke told at the wrong time. Before you ever decide to use humor in your conversation, always analyze the context in which you’re about to communicate. Pay attention to your audience and the overall atmosphere. If your humor will obviously fall flat because no one is in the frame of mind to receive it, then don’t attempt to make people laugh. Humor should never be forced, it should feel organic to the moment.

3.       Be Respectful:

Even with the most innocent of intentions, humor can easily offend people. Regardless of how comfortable you may feel around your colleagues, never crack jokes that are controversial or distasteful in any way. The safest bet is to keep things light and make your humor family-friendly. There’s no need to risk souring relationships with coworkers when you all still need to function as a team.

4.       Create a Diversion:

Let’s face it, not everyone has the charm and charisma to make other people laugh. That doesn’t mean you don’t have any options to make an office humorous though. You can still improvise with activities or outings that create an opportunity to bond and joke. Friendly in-house competitions for instance can generate banter and inside-jokes that ease everyone’s stress. Just be sure to choose activities that are compatible with your organizational culture.

Humor is far from the most important characteristic a leader should have, but it’s still necessary. Humor reminds people that life’s too short. It reminds people to be human, not robotic. It reminds people that the work they do is just a part of life, not life itself. Don’t ever take the power of laughter for granted. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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4 TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR KIDS FROM POISONOUS POLITICS

There’s no denying it, politics has turned the world into a hostile place. It’s impossible to read the news without seeing stories about angry tweets, hateful confrontations, or tragic violence devastating innocent lives. Cruelty has gone viral, and it needs to be stopped. The question is, how? While it might be difficult to change the past, or convince mature adults to abandon their own prejudices, it’s never too late to change the future by teaching our children to be civil. In light of the fact that people are finding it easier to be unkind to one another, there has never been a more important time to go the extra mile in order to prevent kids from growing into toxic adults. Here are four tips to prevent your child from taking up bad habits influenced by negative politics:

1.        Be a Role Model:

No matter what age they are, children learn more from the example set by parents than any other source of behavioral conditioning. That means if you play any kind of an influential role over children, it all starts with you. Demonstrate the maturity and politeness you expect from children by talking the talk, and walking the walk.

2.       Be on the Lookout for Teaching Moments:

If your children are ever exposed to sad or controversial news, don’t let them observe it without having a composed discussion about said news. Use such moments to analyze the events of the day and teach them good ethics. Make sure they understand the difference between right and wrong through objective, level-headed dialogue.

3.       Be Charitable Together:

One of the easiest ways to erase anger and hatred is to sincerely offer help to someone else in need. Engaging in philanthropy inspires people to be compassionate and selfless. A good way to remind your family about kindness is to actively volunteer together in order to aide the less-fortunate. This is one of the most direct ways to motivate the human conscience.

4.       Don’t Saturate Your Home with Bad News:

Sometimes you just can’t control how other people feel, or what they do. While it’s important to stay informed about important happenings in society, remember to create a safe haven in your home from all the strife on display in the news. Instead of obsessing over the latest scandals, switch off the news every now and then and focus on your own family. Share frequent leisure time together as a way to erase the tension in the air.

Considering how unpredictable the news is today, it’s understandable if it feels like the sky could fall at any moment. Even worse, it feels like the sky could fall on the very kids we’re all supposed to protect. But in the words of Hellen Keller, “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Don’t let difficult times fuel despair in your heart. Instead, use difficult times to forge integrity both in yourself, and the precious children you’re working so hard to raise. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RIS! E Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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